Film Theory: The Rat That Beat Thanos! (Marvel Endgame)


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  • The Film Theorists
    The Film Theorists   4 months back

    To everyone asking whether I calculated the rats repopulating, I did and just cut it before the final draft because it got too pedantic and lost in it's own numbers. Also, we wind back up at 50 rats anyway. Here's what got cut in case you were curious:

    "That means that at the beginning of five years, we're dealing with 50-ish rats in Scott Lang's area, which would replenish to their population carrying capacity in the course of just a few generations. Given that rat food supplies might be lower now that there are only half the people on the world, let's assume that they don’t get back to the full 100 rat population in Scott's immediate area, but that they make a good 50% surge back up to 75 rats roving all over Scott. Realistically it's almost impossible to know for our specific area exactly how many rats would be here, but we're making our best assumption right now and I'm trying to at least give Scott a fighting chance.

    So over the course of the six months after the Great Snap, rats would have pretty much bounced back, given that a new generation of rat babies is ready to go every six weeks. To get our final number, we’ll assume that an average-sized rat community would have at most around 50 rats out searching for food at any given time, since about a third of them are statistically in the nest at a given time."

    • Walter Kinney
      Walter Kinney  4 weeks back

      The Film Theorists it was all sentient life that was wiped out

    • Ben A
      Ben A  1 months back

      The Film Theorists Any chance the rat was Loki cause i like that theory the most and that was my first thought when i saw that seen

    • Keene Lu
      Keene Lu  1 months back

      So... The Russo brothers basically confirmed part of this theory by saying that the 1 in 14 mil chance was referring to the chance of a rat hitting the button

    • Seraph 37
      Seraph 37  2 months back

      The Film Theorists I have a fascinating film theory for you that I think you’d like. Dr. Stranges 14 million to 1 odds is the one where most of our favorite heroes don’t die, except iron man and black widow. He actually chose the one odd where iron man would die when he could have chosen another of the 14 million where Iron man doesn’t die. So is it possible that Dr Strange, like Deadpool, is breaking the fourth wall in knowing what the audience wants? Just a theory ;)

  • Brian Seiler
    Brian Seiler  9 hours back

    You didn't take rat breeding into account. There would have been growth in five years. It improves the odds as you've calculated them, but there's another problem you're going to run into.

    The problem here isn't whether the event would happen somewhere in five years - you need the fat part of the bell curve to land close to or directly on five years for all of the rest of the necessary intervening events with everybody else's characters to happen. That's going to substantially affect your likelihoods. What you need to be solving for here is the necessary initial rat population required to construct a curve where maybe 85+% of the possible outcomes fall around 4 to 6 years. Once you have that number, you would then have to calculate what the odds are that that number of animals would end up in San Francisco subsequent to the snap. The problem you solved is both trivial (even including the dozens upon dozens of confounding factors you left out, the chances of something reasonably plausible happening within the span of five years approaches 100%) and not particularly relevant to the question at hand.

    • GAforts Olama68 and Noonecares21311j

      Doctor strange did say that we only win in one timeline

      • Noobsaibot21
        Noobsaibot21  22 hours back

        Lets be honest, there might have been a donut or Candybar nearby in the van too

        • TomatosquidOlivia
          TomatosquidOlivia  1 days back

          Oh shoot a rat

          • That one Zelda gamer
            That one Zelda gamer  1 days back

            Your dad should’ve pulled out

            • Tyler McCallum
              Tyler McCallum  2 days back

              Legitimately watched you for 3 hours yesterday 😂 work is crazy boring and I'm here for theories while its slow, padding mad Pat's stats.

              • Daniel Moolman
                Daniel Moolman  2 days back

                Here's an interesting thought. If you lived in the MCU, where would you have been at the time of the snap? I've worked it out to be 26 April, 2018 at 4 pm GMT.

                • Daniel Moolman
                  Daniel Moolman  2 days back

                  Well, there are several movie that start with tiny events. Take the Lego movie, which starts only because Emmett just so happened to lose his pamphlet (his instructions), fall into a hole, and finding the piece of resistance.

                  • Daniel Moolman
                    Daniel Moolman  2 days back

                    I mean, it could've been anything, so long as it was a freak accident. Maybe a power surge could do it, or anything. I assume it took a press of a button to release Scott, so statistically it could happen.

                    • Zuno Zoo
                      Zuno Zoo  3 days back

                      ... *counts* Jump, this is my third hour straight watching your videos this morning.... I need a life!!! XD

                      • gpr127
                        gpr127  3 days back

                        The real question I would ask is, "If you previously got stuck in the Quantum Realm and got out by having one of Hank Pym's size altering discs, why would you EVER enter the realm again without having the same back up method in reserve?

                        • Ai Enma
                          Ai Enma  3 days back

                          At the end of the day no matter what math you do there’s always gonna be % chance that rat pushing that button

                          • Christopher Edwards
                            Christopher Edwards  4 days back

                            Why am I not surprised this video is sponsored by Nord VPN
                            *flashback of over 30 episodes sponsored by Nord VPN*

                            • The Godzilla
                              The Godzilla  4 days back

                              100,000 of the rats live in central park

                              • Coconut & Cookie
                                Coconut & Cookie  4 days back

                                Rats are adorable tho I have two at home 😁😍

                                • TheInator1234
                                  TheInator1234  5 days back

                                  6:05 what an interesting way to estimate pi, using rats and football fields. My favorite way to estimate pi is shown on a video by "3blue1brown" called "The most unexpected answer to a counting puzzle"

                                  • Fiona W
                                    Fiona W  6 days back

                                    In hostpitl

                                    • KLJ videos
                                      KLJ videos  6 days back

                                      Bruce is the genius

                                      • Keegan Wahlmeier
                                        Keegan Wahlmeier  6 days back

                                        You forgot to calculate the number of rats after the snap.

                                        • Keegan Wahlmeier
                                          Keegan Wahlmeier  6 days back

                                          Look at this idiot, didn't even watch the rest of the video.

                                      • Jeffrey C
                                        Jeffrey C  7 days back

                                        Rats reproduce extremely fast. Their natural predators have also been half snapped away without the extreme breeding capability. With half the humans as well, you can see the city going into disarray. I prime breeding ground for a plauge of rats. 5 years isnt enough time to deplenish the food supply of such a huge city so exponential growth in that time would be expected.

                                        • BenDoge44 -
                                          BenDoge44 -  1 weeks back

                                          Omg ratatouille

                                          Is our SAIVIOR

                                          • rat
                                            rat  1 weeks back

                                            so amazing

                                            • Rokenrolas Lankanlolas
                                              Rokenrolas Lankanlolas  1 weeks back

                                              I thought he gonna talk about the black death tho what the frick

                                              • Mark Oman
                                                Mark Oman  1 weeks back

                                                I can live with the idea that one rat randomly saves the universe, but the thing I really can't get behind is that out of the 14m-1 possibilities where Thanos is victorious, there isn't one Thanos aware of the fact that someone tries to stop him via time travel (as we see in Endgame). Let's say there is one version of the final battle in Endgame with Thanos winning. Wouldn't he make sure by using the IS that no one use time travel?

                                                • House of Memes
                                                  House of Memes  1 weeks back

                                                  Wait a minute wasn’t it kinda useless to snap the animals

                                                  • House of Memes
                                                    House of Memes  1 weeks back

                                                    Or it’s just remi

                                                    • Ben Vacco
                                                      Ben Vacco  1 weeks back

                                                      I’m not gonna lie, when me and my brother walked out of the theater, we were discussing our favorite parts, and I was like “the rat that saved the universe”

                                                      • Jeffrey Mariche
                                                        Jeffrey Mariche  2 weeks back


                                                        Me:Omg why so much math😤😤😤😤😤

                                                        • Wadas 90
                                                          Wadas 90  2 weeks back

                                                          i think it was bran from game of thrones who warged to rat and save all

                                                          • Daddy Dandy
                                                            Daddy Dandy  2 weeks back

                                                            How dare you use superman a dc character to advertise nord on a mavel episode

                                                            • BERNARDO MAGAÑA
                                                              BERNARDO MAGAÑA  2 weeks back

                                                              The odds of one rat pushing the bottom might be mayor.
                                                              It's never mentioned what lifeforms disappeared with the snap, it could be the half of the universe living organisms and considering the extension of the universe the earth could not even been afected, the we know it did but it might not erase any rat!!

                                                              • kuuhaku 「」
                                                                kuuhaku 「」  2 weeks back

                                                                We need a hacker

                                                                Ned: allow me to introduce myself

                                                                • Halo Nadz
                                                                  Halo Nadz  2 weeks back

                                                                  I live 30 mins away from sf and I see more homeless people than rats

                                                                  • Epic
                                                                    Epic  2 weeks back

                                                                    Still rats would likely go to places they find food so you shouldn't say they only go places 1 time

                                                                    • Peachy Chu
                                                                      Peachy Chu  2 weeks back

                                                                      TO BE HONEST, I KNEW THIS BEFORE MATPAT. AM I SMART NOW?

                                                                      • Nick Ramirez
                                                                        Nick Ramirez  2 weeks back

                                                                        Or the watcher sent it

                                                                        • Gabe the ape
                                                                          Gabe the ape  2 weeks back

                                                                          is no one going to talk about how when the avengers snap in endgame they technically snapped out half the universe cuz they can't just snap out thanos

                                                                          • BUuRStDEADLEY GAMER
                                                                            BUuRStDEADLEY GAMER  2 weeks back

                                                                            Idk bout you guys but I believe that in the movie captain marvel was the most useless character

                                                                            • Awesomeness 11
                                                                              Awesomeness 11  2 weeks back

                                                                              I don’t know if you say this later in the video but I’m in the start, what if the rat was a skrull?

                                                                              • Khoi Le
                                                                                Khoi Le  2 weeks back

                                                                                But hey, that's just a theory. A rat theory, thank for watching.

                                                                                • Mig Arogan
                                                                                  Mig Arogan  2 weeks back

                                                                                  That was Tekashi 69

                                                                                  • MegaShon
                                                                                    MegaShon  2 weeks back

                                                                                    Its like the clickbite thigs but its not

                                                                                    • MultiTrine Star
                                                                                      MultiTrine Star  2 weeks back

                                                                                      Gosh Darnit Ratatouille, I TOLD YOU,NO DISEASES !

                                                                                      • TShanks11
                                                                                        TShanks11  2 weeks back

                                                                                        Tony stark was working on this for a long time

                                                                                        • NFSF1McLaren
                                                                                          NFSF1McLaren  2 weeks back

                                                                                          the most ridiculous thing isn't the rat kickstarting the movie's plot, but the fact that even when he's in danger, Bobby Newport's rescue was handed to him

                                                                                          • ReJecT BlaZeD
                                                                                            ReJecT BlaZeD  2 weeks back

                                                                                            When he said "Get dunked on ", look closely at what the ball turns into...5:15

                                                                                            • Success Mahle
                                                                                              Success Mahle  2 weeks back

                                                                                              Mat pat is pretty cool